World Bulletin / News Desk
Ethiopia rejected Friday a European Parliament resolution calling for the release of "all arbitrarily detained persons" including prominent opposition politician Merera Gudina.
Although Thursday's resolution commended Ethiopia's role in regional stability, it opposed the detention of opposition political figures and handling of human rights in the country.
"Though this resolution underlines the role of Ethiopia in stabilizing the region and the improvement of the economic situation of the population, it lacks some understanding of the situation in the country on topics such as the state of emergency, the human rights and the arrest of Dr. Merera Gudina," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Gudina was arrested on November 30, 2016 on the claim that while in Europe he met with the leaders of an Ethiopian organization dubbed by the government as a "terrorist" group.
The statement said Gudina "exceeded the rights of political opposition by allegedly meeting with the leader of an Ethiopian armed group at the European Parliament".
By meeting with the leader of Ginbot 7 between Nov. 7 and 9, 2016, the opposition politician "…deliberately violated the state of emergency" that was imposed on October 9, 2016 for six months and later extended by four months, it added.
The Foreign Ministry also responded to criticism of Ethiopia’s handling of human rights.
"It can only be hoped that the European Parliament will find ways to positively support the Ethiopian Parliament and other Ethiopian government institutions," it said.
Ethiopia is under a Martial Law since last October after violent anti-government protests spiraled when an annual Oromo public festival at the central town of Bushoftu turned into a riot and caused the death of hundreds in a stampede that followed security forces firing tear gas and bullets into the air.
In April, an Ethiopian Human Rights Commission released an investigation report saying that 669 people were killed in the anti-government demonstrations that began in November 2015 in the restive regions of Oromia and Amhara – the most populous regions in the country.
His speech capped a nostalgic visit for the 33-year-old billionaire, which included a visit to his old dorm room.
Simeonov, 62, is co-leader of the United Patriots (UP), the junior party in the governing coalition.
US leader hints at prosecutions over American leaking of sensitive information about suicide bombing in UK
The ministry's Rapid Response Division is one of two special forces units heading up the operation to recapture Mosul, which is backed by a United States-led anti-ISIL coalition.
Tbilisi court says process for school principal’s extradition to Turkey has started
US president slams member states over inadequate defense spending, urges them to raise their contributions
Residents of southeastern Africa nation once had to rely on foreign Muslim channels, but now have one of their own
Last week Third Force fighters attacked Brak al-Shati airbase, also in southern Libya, which is controlled by Haftar forces, killing 140 people, including civilians.
Human Rights Watch said in a statement the "rush" to kill the men "smacks of militia rule, not the rule of law".
An economist by training, Papademos was Bank of Greece governor from 1994 to 2002, and European Central Bank governor vice president from 2002 to 2010.
The government has denied the allegations and says it wants to remove advantages enjoyed by some foreign-based institutions.
Tusk, along with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, also argued for the benefits of open trade and the Paris climate agreement that Trump is opposed to.
Here is what we know so far about Monday's attack, the deadliest in Britain since 2005.
Judges in the capital Addis Ababa imposed a jail sentence of six years and six months on Yonatan Tesfaye, the former spokesman for the opposition Blue Party who was found guilty earlier this month of encouraging terrorism.
Attack increases May death toll of police patrolling Somali border to 20, suspected victims of al-Shabaab attacks
Two people were found dead in the town of Kansk in Russia's Siberian Krasnoyarsk region, according to investigators in the region, who said a fire spread in the area due to hot weather and strong wind.